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Rory Cellan-Jones in Conversation

Rory Cellan-Jones in Conversation

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See Rory Cellan-Jones live and in person at the Quarterhouse.

The smartphone, the most extraordinary tool that has been invented in the last century, is forcing radical changes in the way we live and work. And unlike previous technologies it is in the hands of just about everyone. Rory Cellan Jones' Always On takes readers on a hectic ride through this turbulent era and charts the most important story of our times – the dramatic impact of hyper-connectivity, the smartphone and social media on everything from our democracy to our employment and our health. And we hear from those at the forefront of the tech revolution, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Tim Berners-Lee, Martha Lane-Fox and Jimmy Wales, to gain their unique insights and predictions for what may be to come. The final section of the book draws on the author's own personal experience with technology and medicine, considering how COVID-19 made us look again to computing in our battle to confront the greatest challenge of modern times.

This event is also part of the Folkestone Book Festival Digital Pass. By booking a Digital Pass you'll be able to access all the talks and events and revisit anything you missed for up to a week after the festival.

You will need to order your pass at least 24 hours before the start of the first event you wish to attend.


Rory Cellan-Jones is the BBC’s principal technology correspondent reporting on the biggest developments and news stories in the world. He has interviewed countless visionaries from Mark Zuckerberg to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk to Tim Berners-Lee. Rory is also the host of the BBC weekly podcast Tech Tent and the author of Dot.Bomb: The Strange Death of Dot.Com Britain.

Delightfully insightful and intensely readable [...] There is an energy and drama to Rory's writing which nonetheless leaves space for us, the reader, to make up our minds.
- Stephen Fry

This event is chaired by Alastair Upton.

A copy of their book can be found on the CCCU website (

This year the Festival will be presented online and in-person wherever possible and in line with the latest government guidance. You can find more information about the Festival here.

Creative Folkestone Book Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of our funders and partners. We are proud to welcome the return of NewsNow as our Principal Partner for the Creative Folkestone Book Festival.

This in-conversation event with Rory Cellan-Jones is also supported by Jenner.


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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In person £8 / £7.20
Streamed as part of Book Festival Digital Pass

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